Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ode to the Insulin Pen

I have been through several methods of depositing insulin into my body. Don't get me wrong, I love my pump, but it seems that my fail safe is my trusty insulin pen. Since diagnosed I have been through several models, but they all serve the same purpose, to be there for me when everything else is not.

When first diagnosed, it was syringes, then my pen, and now my pump, but that something that always leaves the house with me, the wallet, the pump, and the meter, is the pen. Whether it has been with my Humalog, or Novolog, and now Apidra, it has been my savior.

The last couple of days I have been having really awful bs readings. I have only consciously been in the 100's once, but I am stubborn, it is a new site and it is obviously giving me insulin, but the absorption rate is not so great. When I put in the site it went in so perfectly, I put it in a little higher on my abdomen than normal, but I figured hey there has got to be less scar tissue in that area. Apparently not. I absolutely hate wasting infusion sets. Absolutely hate it. They are not cheap and even though I have fairly good insurance I would rather be normal and spend that much money on something else. Like some really great shoes, or a "grown up" purse. (forgive me I am just now experiencing the grown up world) So, today I will be changing out my site, normally I would refill the reservoir and let it stretch a couple more days, but I am tired of taking unnecessary injections and feeling fuzzy.

Once again, thank you insulin pen, thank you for going that extra mile to keep me alive.


MileMasterSarah said...

I've never used a pen, but now I want one. Ihate syringes

BetterCell said...

Hello Nikki....I use to wear an Insulin Pump until after changing sites q48hrs. a raised red mark would always appear.It was my body reacting to the foreign object(plastic cannula insert). This is understandable, since T1DM is an Auto-Immune Disease. People, seem to forget this fact including some lousy Endocrinologists. So, I went back to using my Insulin pen and am able to have fairly decent bs numbers. My last HA1C was 6.0. The pump for me was just easier and more convenient, but not necessarily better. I would still have Hypoglycemia whether I used the Meter or the Pen. The Pen is still does what it was made to do, and that is to give the correct amount of insulin.

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Could you explain why you switched from Humalog to Apidra? One big advantage of the pump over the pen is that you can give very small accurate amounts of insulin with the pump. The smallest quantity with a pen is only 0.5U, assuming you do not dilute the insulin. I have also had pens that stuck/"missfunctioned". After experiencing that I kind of liked seeing the insulin go in - an advantage of a syringe.

Nikki said...

Hi guys! I am still on my pump, I just use the insulin pen, like a syringe, when my pump isn't working, or when I think there might be a problem with my site and I am not home. I like my pump!

Chrissie, I switched to Apidra because it is supposed to be better post-prandial. (or whatever that word is, after meal times) Apidra is supposed to give you lower after meal time blood sugars than novolog, or humalog.

Thanks for the comments!

Chrissie in Belgium said...

Thanks Nikki for the info in Apidra. I have slow digestion and therefore few problems with postparandial bg values. So I guess I don't have to consider changing to Apidra. Good. I really like your blog too, so its mutual!